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All proceeds from CD sales benefit the Paul Nash Memorial Fund at the Manhattan New Music Project to continue and promote his work.

CDs are $18 plus $2/CD S&H.


Jazz Cycles (Pre-Order) $18.00

Jazz Cycles continues the strength of Nash’s writing in a one-hour concept piece that takes the listener through the development of different jazz styles. It combines a variety of musical elements developed over a 30-year period. Finally recorded in a single 6-hour session on December 6th, 2004, it would mark the last time, Nash would ever enter a recording studio. Propelled forward by the rock-driven drumming of Grisha Alexiev, the band combines a tight cohesion in rhythm and horn section in scripted parts such as Nigh Fflight and Outside In with a free flowing spirit during solos and improvised parts of the piece such as Strange Rife and Tamalpais Night. The line-up for this record includes:

Release Date: October 2nd 2007
CD Release Party: October 17th 2007 8 & 10pm
Iridium Jazz Club, 1650 Broadway (@ W51st Street), NY NY
Tickets: 212-582-2121

Line Up:
Trumpet: Shane Endsley (Steve Coleman, Ravi Coltrane, Ralph Alessi)
Alto and Soprano Sax: Bruce Williamson (Bobby McFerrin, Mark Isham, Randy Brecker)
Tenor Sax: Tim Ries (Rolling Stones, Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Al Foster, John Patitucci)
Piano: Jim Ridl (Pat Martino, Dave Liebman, Denis DiBlasio)
Guitar: Vic Juris (Richie Cole, Dizzie Gillespie, John Abercrombie)
Bass: Jay Anderson (Paul Bley, Randy Brecker, Bob Berg, Bob Mintzer, Mike Stern)
Drums: Grisha Alexiev (Gunther Schuller, Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker


Avant Noir (Pre-Order) $18.00

The ten compositions presented on Avant Noir combine Mr. Nash’s flair for avant-garde Jazz with sonic textures well known from soundtracks of the film noir genre. This collection includes older pieces never previously recorded as well as new compositions. From the daring arrangement of the Kaper/Webster classic Invitation to soft spoken ballads such as Ballad for Bill Evans, Turning Light or Logo Rhythm, Nash’s sixth album release showcases some of his most complex and yet most accessible writing and presents the culmination of his life long effort to harvest musical ideas and elements from an eclectic array of sources. E.g., Echoes started from an idea suggestive of some classic 60’s Herbie Hancock during his Maiden Voyage period while Marta’s Dance combines Salsa Rhythms with easy going solos. The Manhattan New Music Project delivers some of its finest playing with the following line-up:

Expected Release Date: April 1 2008

Line Up:
Solo trumpet: Jack Walrath (Charles Mingus, Ray Charles, Glen Ferris)
Section trumpet: Richard Vitale (Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Buddy Rich Big Band, Count Basie Orchestra
Tenor, Alt & Soprano Saxes: Adam Kolker (Ray Baretto, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Maria Schneider Big Band) 
Alto, Soprano Saxes, Flute, Clarinet: Bruce Williamson (Bobby McFerrin, Mark Isham, Randy Brecker)
Trombone: David Taylor (Gil Evans, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra)
French Horn: Chris Komer (McCoy Tyner, Harry Connick Jr., J.J. Johnson)
Piano: Armen Donelian (Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, John Scofield)
Guitar: Vic Juris (Richie Cole, Dizzie Gillespie, John Abercrombie)
Bass: Jeffrey Carney (Stan Getz, Art Farmer, Dewey Redman)
Drums: Grisha Alexiev (Gunther Schuller, Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker)
Percussion: Diana Herold (Tony Trischka, Rob Henke, Chuck Clark)


Soul of Grace $18.00

“While at Berkley College of Music, I remember being asked who my favorite jazz performer and jazz composer was.” Paul Nash once said when discussing his CD Soul of Grace. “While most others answered with the likes of Charlie Parker and Thad Jones, I offered Ravi Shankar and Frank Zappa which brought some smirks. My kinship with music extends into many directions, not only my debt to Gil Evans and Mingus, but also having been deeply touched by many other innovators – Igor Stravinski, Carla Bley, John McLaughlin just to name a few – especially those who have a reverence for complexity and/or collage. Over time, I have tried to synthesize these disparate influences, both in jazz and classical settings, in order to create more unity in my work. Increasing the scale and scope of a piece, provides an avenue that allows for greater changes in tempo, mood and style.” Soul of Grace offers new directions in Mr. Nash’s thinking, such as Phoenix and Restless is the Soul of Grace. Yet, earlier pieces, never recorded before, such as The Wheel, Cathexis, Recursivephonic are finally presented here. Passacaglia in fact waited twenty years before it found its way into the recording studio.

Original Release Date: 2000 on Soul Note Records (Italy)

Jack Walrath – trumpet
David Taylor – bass trombone
Tom Varner – French horn
Bruce Williamson – alto saxophone, bass clarinet & flute
Avram Feffer – tenor saxophone
Neal Kirkwood – piano
Paul Nash – electric guitars
Andy McKee – acoustic bass
Jeffrey Carney – electric bass
Grisha Alexiev – drums


Mood Swing $18.00

Beginning with the horn fanfare of “Vamp’s Dance” with its ear-enchanting shift of rhythmic accents, subtle realignments of rhythmic calues and rhythmic lift and kick, the Manhattan New Music Project’s Mood Swing presents jazz as it’s become at the end of its first American century. Jazz is know knowledgeable, even reverent toward the hallowed tradition – but also open to any new ideas and influences that can be absorbed and projected by its most ardently intelligent proponents. Jazz, always a “new music”, now reaches for and achieves an ever broader frame of reference, and delivers, through virtuosic ensemble play greater compositional focus and perhaps more scientific musical intent. From the ascetic detail of the inside-the-piano and acoustic guitar introduction to the “The Queen of Din’s New Religion”, through its unfurling of luscious themes, Neal Kirkwoods’ interwoven piano filigree and provocative choruses, a golden French horn solo by Tom Varner and unusually threnody of soprano sax, violin and viola, the Manhattan New Music Project introduces a jazz orchestra sound based on kaleidoscopic change and multi-faceted collage.

Original Release Date: 1983 (Soul Note Records, Italy)

Jack Walrath – trumpet & flugelhorn
Tom Varner – French Horn
David Taylor – bass trombone
Bruce Williamson – alto saxophone
Chuck Clark – tenor saxophone
Tim Reis – baritone saxophone
Jon Kass – violin
John Ladd – viola
Neal Kirkwood – piano
Paul Nash – acoustic & electric guitar
Jeffrey Carney – bass
Jamey Haddad – drums


Second Impression $18.00

Second Impression’s most immediate gift is its accessibility, for despite his accent on form and structure, Nash is a born melodicist. The album is filled with a pastoral sensitivity even at its most aggressive, and part of this lyricism can be attributed to Nash’s earlier influences. “Some people say my music sounds like late 6-‘s, early 70’s jazz, and I must say my music is pretty profoundly influenced by that era.” Nash said of the album at the time of its release. “Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett are among the artist-composers I most admire. Yes while I like to employ extended chords in unusual ways and take great care in creating interesting rhythms, I rarely lose sight of the melodic element – whether in the lead line or supporting parts. So it’s combining that melodicism with denser harmonies. Also, for this record, I kept the writing for the rhythm section to a minimum so they’re largely doing what they know how to do best – swing – and that helped this particular batch of tunes sound jazzier.” From the bossa-buoyancy of Intermission to the introspective musing of After Words, from Michele Hendricks’ roller coaster vocal on Passing Glance to the Blue Note drive of Song For Lanie, Second Impression is sure to make a favorable impression.

Original Release date: 1985 on Soul Note Records (Italy)

Tom Harrel – trumpet
Alan Fraufman – alto saxophone, soprano saxophone
Gerard Carelli – trombone
Paul Nash – seven strings guitar, flute
Michael Cochrance – piano
Anthony Cox – bass
Jimmy Madison – drums
Gregory Yasinitsky – soprano and tenor saxophone
Ann Yasinitsky – flute
Michele Hendricks – voice


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Phone: 212-966-5881
Fax: 646-966-5911

Manhattan New Music Project (MNMP) empowers youth in underserved communities, using the performing arts to develop essential life skills and achieve academic success. We build partnerships among artists, students, teachers and parents that focus on the creation and performance of new works.